The School Curriculum
The School Curriculum is planned in line with National requirements using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum. An outline of the curriculum is given below and further information can be found by clicking on tabs to the right or above. The school runs Curriculum Workshops for parents and the presentations from these can be found in ‘Support for Parents’. Please talk to school staff if you need any further information.
The School Curriculum is delivered through a topic based approach which creates opportunities that motivate and inspire children to learn and achieve. Planning ensures all children can access the curriculum and, through a range of teaching and learning strategies and differentiated activities, can make progress.
We provide opportunities for children to carry out their learning in different ways:
- speaking and listening – children discuss, debate and negotiate ideas using their language skills
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements
- creative and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
- applying learnt skills – children use specific knowledge, skills and techniques that have been taught.
We put a big emphasis on ‘basic skills’ which runs through all learning. Basic skills include phonics, spelling, handwriting, sentence level work, reading, number knowledge and calculation.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PSHE)
Phonics is taught from Nursery onwards using the Government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to plan the progression of the learning of synthetic phonics. The ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme is used to teach the correspondence between letters and sounds incorporating actions, songs and letter formation along with blending and segmenting sounds in words. As the children move on in their learning they will be taught alternative ways to represent sounds in words and also alternative ways to pronounce combinations of letters within words.
Children should enjoy looking at books and be motivated to read for pleasure. A selection of reading schemes are used to support the children’s application of phonic skills and word recognition taught during the daily phonic sessions. The school promotes the use of ‘real’ books, alongside the reading schemes, to develop story language, depth and understanding of a wide vocabulary, and increase factual knowledge.